Lesson 1

Objective: to establish a perspective on meditation's role in rejuvenation and growth and it's natural place in human makeup.

Since meditation is a broad subject, this perspective is critical. Even if you already know a lot about meditation, you need to come to this subject through the most effective doorway for learning this particular method.

In the textbook's Chapter 1, which many have already read in deciding to take the course, you will learn about the place that Natural Meditation has in life's many activities. It serves rather than decorates life. It works at the core of experience—the internal environment of the self, the mind and body.

Then you will begin a "journal", which is just a place for you to record your thoughts. It could be paper&pen or a computer file or even a tape recording. You will reflect and write about what meditation currently means to you and what you hope to gain from this course. You are the journal's audience, but other people that you may be learning with, including a tutor or course leader, will be helped by reading selections of your journal. 

The journal is a mechanism to keep you thinking actively about the subject of meditation and its relationship to you. That thinking is the fuel that fires the engine of this course.

In Chapter 2, you will begin reading the series of 24 articles, or Ideas. Chapter 2 has eight of them. Each is presented with a header sentence that makes a basic statement about what you are learning next.

When in the TextBook area, you have a control frame up top to access each chapter and can view the text in a wider screen than this.  Each chapter will, however, be made available in the Lesson control panel on the left and will then display in the Lesson display panel (the one you are in now).  When you have completed the items listed in the Lesson control panel to the left, click on "Lesson 2." 

Note: if you are moving through the "Getting Started" and "Lesson 1" all in one session, you can leave the reading of Chapter 2 until your next session and combine it with Lesson 2.